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Young Innovators Award Winners

University of Sheffield alumni, Laurence Collingwood and Ellie Morris have won the Young Innovators Awards 2022/23 for their business ideas. 

Laurence is gamifying climate action in the workplace with his carbon footprint tracking app, while Ellie's business aims to empower women wanting to heal from PTSD and the effects of childhood trauma.

Alumni Founder interviews

Laurence Collingwood

We spoke to Laurence Collingwood, founder of Cilo Innovations

Advice on how to get started to tip tops for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Hear what Laurence had to say


Motion Exercise are moving in the right direction

'Find a problem that you're genuinely passionate about solving'

Wise words from Motion Exercise founder Zeeezy Qureshi. 

Read what he had to say in full...

Scott Gladwood

Interview with Scott Gladwood, founder of Sheffield business Tutorful

Perceptions of enterprise, entrepreneurship and the business story. 

Read all about it when our team caught up with Scott Gladwood

Daniela Orrego

Colombian Crisps Startup

Read about how Daniela started Loro Crisps and that being a part of a thriving entrepreneurial community was key to her success.

Read her story... 

Shamoil Khomosi

Rocking all over the world

Shamoil Khomosi, a participant on our 2021 pre-accelerator programme, with support from the iForge makerspace has co-developed a pioneering exercise aid to help long haul flight passengers and those with mobility problems.  

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Businesses supported by us

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Motion Exercise

An award-winning social enterprise that designs and delivers interactive and inclusive exercise programmes tackling social isolation and increasing physical activity, amongst older adults.

Labre's Hope

The first non-profit employing people experiencing homelessness to handcraft luxury self-care products alongside employment and wellbeing classes.

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Cilo Innovations

A carbon footprint tracker that lets you see the carbon cost of the products you buy, get personalised reduction tips and compete with friends and family to achieve your climate goals.

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Future Greens

A Sheffield-based indoor farm growing salad in an innovative way that is good for people and the planet.

Loro Crisps

Loro Crisps

Passionate about women in business, founders Daniela and Natalia have created an international food brand inspired by their home country, Colombia.

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Inspiring tuition proven to boost confidence and grades.



Developing high performance infrared sensors that will dramatically improve the performance of laser rangefinder, LIDAR, fibre sensing and imaging systems.


The next generation of custom made trainers are coming soon, delivering the ultimate fit; Delivered in weeks, not months.


A simple solution for a simple life.  Vegan-friendly African inspired meals.

University of Sheffield startup support

iForge Makerspace

iForge Makerspace

Following demand from students for space and equipment with which to make personal projects and parts for co-curricular activities, as well as to work on university projects outside class time, the iForge was born: the first student-led university makerspace in the UK.

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CommLaw Clinic

A student-led pro bono project which prepares and delivers free commercial legal advice and presentations to social and commercial enterprises, startups and small businesses in Sheffield.  This service operates during term-time only.

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Enactus Sheffield

Enactus Sheffield

A student-led social enterprise, working on developing social impact projects. Our members innovate, research and manage social impact projects to provide sustainable solutions to both local and international issues.

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Engineering Projects

Engineering Projects

There are many student related projects to get involved in ranging from transport, autonomous vehicles, space exploration as well as community engagement and accessibility projects.   

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Support Sharing

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Sheffield's startup support

SY Co Founders

SY Co Founders

A specifically designed platform for start-ups looking to find cofounders on a paid or equity basis.

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South Yorkshire Startup Ecosystem

Sheffield Incubator and Accelerator Network (SIAN)

SIAN is a region-wide network of incubators, accelerator programmes, investors and local authorities seeking to work closely to make South Yorkshire an accessible, thriving economy.  

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Sheffield Innovation Programme

A regional initiative that aims to stimulate business growth and promote the development of long-term relationships with SMEs through access to academic expertise and university facilities.

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Sheffield Sustainability Network

Founded by three local business owners, Sheffield Sustainability Network is a platform, a network, in which local businesses and non-profit organisations can support each other in their goal to becoming more sustainable.  So connect with like-minded people, share resources and support each other to create a sustainable Sheffield.

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Previous success stories

Sheffield's Future Innovators

Three graduates from the University of Sheffield have been announced as winners of the Innovate UK Young Innovators Awards 2021/22.

Learn more from our winners

Global Entrepreneurship Week

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021, we celebrated the success of five businesses founded by our students, graduates, and staff.

Read what the founders had to say

Ideas for Good Winners 2022

Sheffield students rewarded by Santander UK Universities for entrepreneurial ideas

Learn more from the winners